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Baladin Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper Label)

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Formerly brewed at Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A beer brewed and matured to 13.5% ABV going to 14.5% in next productions.
Malts: Pilsner Durst, aromatic Dingemans, caramunich 140 Dingemans. Hops: Hallertau Hernsbrucker, Spalt Select and East Kent Golding.
Brewing process: the wort is hyperconcentrated then boiled for two hous and half. Primary fermentation for 25 in steel vessels. Then after a sterile filtration (to eliminate primary yeast strains) the beer is transfered in a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". Afeter several tasting from 6 to 24 months later (it depends on the oxidation velocity, very inconsistant!) the brewer decides when it’s time to bottle in 50cl. champagne shape bottles with good quality cork. The production is very limited. Three productions brewed during two years will be available from October 2006.

Editor’s note: the label says also "Riserva Teo Musso" and the vintage (year).


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2004 vintage. Pours a dark copper/amber color with burnt orange edges.  Completely still with no head or lacing but it does have nice legs after an aggressive swirl. Sweet, boozy aroma that’s almost all alcohol until t warms up considerably.   Once it does, sweet malt and dark fruit are apparent.  Hints of caramel, toffee and maple syrup followed by raisin, fig plum and more alcohol. Viscous with no carbonation to speak of and a real syrupy consistency.  Boozy, syrupy flavor dominates with lots and lots of alcohol sweetness but not overly hot.  After it warms the sweet malt and dark fruit notes come to the forefront.  Hints of toffee, caramel and hazelnut followed by plum, raisin and fig.  These notes are still pretty faint with the overbearing alcohol flavor dominating everything.  One dimensional, lacking in carbonation and pretty tough to drink more than a few ounces of.  I was the only one at a recent tasting that finished their pour.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2012
2004 vintage of this. Pours syrupy amber, no head. Smells candy sweet. Tastes like honey and syrup. Very sweet, like a dessert. Clean finish. Very, very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30753) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
50 cL bottle. POurs golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is smooth malty and caramelish. Sweet malty, sugarish, light cheesy. Smooth sweet caramelish into the far finish. Smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3143) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Sample from Ken during the Bourbon County Tapping event. Poured a cloudy dark orange almost red. Small head and lacing. Aromas and taste are sweet but not cloying. Notes of sugar, plum, mead, cherry, wood and some more honey. Further flavors of raisins and other dried fruit, apples, and more honey mead. Amazing beer from Piozzo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6548) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
Single 1.5oz sample @ BeerBistro. Dark amber colour, still and viscous, with no head. Beautiful aromas and flavours of dried apricots, candied pecans, rich honey, apricot preserves. The more I sip, the more I’m surprised at the nutty sweetness in this brew. An excellent desert sipper, really lovely.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhsiung (685) - USA - MAY 18, 2012
delicious paired with the "strudel aperti" with strawberry and yogurt @ vetri. lively, coffee, slick, leaves, sticky, rocky, spruce, frothy, butterscotch, chocolate

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alalvarez75 (57) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Poured with no carbonation, which is the way it was intended. Pours out a rich amber. Smell is sweet, I get no alcohol, just a pleasant sweetness of honey. Tastes of honey and fruit, very rich, perfect desert beer. Loved the xFume, but I think this one is more drinkable due to the lack of peat. Amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3289) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
16.9 oz bottle, 2006. Clear brown with a trace of foam. Nose is caramel, alcohol and wood. Medium body with soft carb. Taste is honey and dates, mostly sweet. Hints of pear, apple and raisin. Quite fruity and meadlike but lacking depth.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jedwards (10) - Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Pour is a deep caramel garnet, unfortunately marred by a host of tiny black flecks floating in the liquid -- fortunately they are undetectable in the mouth. The smell is rich fruit, caramel, honey and a hint of harsh fusels -- the taste is stewed plums, cherry, leather, wine, raisins, and tobacco. Alcohol is extremely well hidden behind an mouth-coating sweetness. Texture is thick and port-like... in fact, everything is very port-like. Not a bad thing, and really remarkable for a product made without grapes. I love the showcasing of the qualities of slow oxidization.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Huge thanks to bucketboy for opening this bottle at Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate. Served in a Deschutes tulip, courtesy of Lunch, who was sleeping in his car at that point. 2005 vintage. Pours a moderate copper-bronze color with a very thin head of bubbles that quickly receded. The nose brings forward a really nice balance between caramel and dark fruits along with some sherry in the background. The flavor melds everything together really well, and the oxidation process has really done wonders to this beer. Beautiful sherry-like flavor along with some caramelization and just a touch of alcohol. Light to medium body and very smooth. Low carbonation. Really a delight all around. Thanks again, Joe. Serving type: bottle


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